Designed to develop effective preventative approaches for learning mentors working with the emotional needs of vulnerable youngsters, this resource helps ensure that children and young people can learn ways to feel safe and valued and can build confidence to act independently.Resources for Learning Mentors shows mentors how to help young people: Develop a capacity to set realistic targets Build a positive view of their strengths and abilities Strengthen skills in communication and problem solving Improve their capacity to manage strong feelingsThe author provides comprehensive facilitator notes, activities, and resources to support positive mental health and well being.
The pilot of the vulnerable children's work was initiated by the work on promoting resilience and self-esteem in asylum seeker children and young people. The Homeless Assessment and Support Team (HAST) had seen reports on the development of the groupwork programmes to support these vulnerable young people and had approached Child and Adolescent Primary Mental Health Services to consider whether such a resource could be adapted to meet some of the needs presented by young homeless school aged children living in interim accommodation in Sheffield. The focus of the work was to be delivered in the interim accommodation play resource centres, which are attached to the interim accommodation sites. As my remit was to service the North of Sheffield it was agreed to pilot ...